January 14, 2013
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Pamplona. Janurary 14th, 2013

Joaquín Naval is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. Naval delivered a seminar about the effects of the informal economy and long-term growth in developing countries. By creating a two-period overlapping generations model with children and working-age adults, he established a theoretical relationship between education, child labor, and the informal sector. Naval further highlighted the importance of using means-tested education subsidies as a way to end the poverty trap. He concluded that the long term benefit of inf...

December 10, 2012
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Pamplona. December 10th, 2012.

Ignacio Más (Ph.D. at  Harvard University) is a Senior Associate at Bankable Frontier and a collaborator at the World Bank. Mas provided an in-depth analysis about M-PESA and the mobile-phone based money transfer for Safaricom, which is playing an important role in transforming part of the Kenyan economy. By connecting groups of individuals and slowly progressing towards business organizations, M-PESA has helped to improve the quality of life for the Kenyan population. Today, Kenyans have found an efficient way to make basic payments a...

November 12, 2012
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Pamplona. November 12th, 2012.

Dermot Grenham (Graduate from LSE) is chief actuary for the social security, demography and overseas pensions team of the Government’s Actuary Department in the UK. During his visit to the NCID, he analyzed the impact of micro-insurances by assessing if this practice can really help reduce the vulnerability of low-income groups falling into poverty.  By providing examples about the current situation in Pakistan, he explained how micro-insurances could play a useful role to mitigate the effects of natural disasters. Impoverished c...

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